Archive for March 2012

WINES OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY AND MARCH

March 19, 2012

MARQUES DE CARCERES RIOJA RESERVA 2005, 91 Points, $25, 10,000 cases imported-  Huge nose of wet mineral and floral, perfumey blackberry and black cherry fruit. Silky and polished on the palate, with juicy black currant and plum flavors gliding along distinctly rustic mineral and earth notes, finishing with a mocha-tinged bite and chewy tannins.

CHATEAU TANUNDA SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY GRAND BAROSSA 2008, 93 Points, $18, 5500 cases made- Deep, vivid aromas of black fruit, blueberry, cocoa and root beer. Rich, juicy, concentrated flavors of black plum, blackberry and blueberry all enveloped in bitter, creamy chocolate notes, finishing with undertones of leather and a blast of exotic spice through the long, polished finish. The fruit and spice are intense, but the texture feels weightless.

BRACKETOLOGY

March 11, 2012
  WEST EAST MIDWEST SOUTH

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MISSOURI Syracuse Kentucky North Carolina

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Duke OHIO STATE Michigan State Kansas

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Baylor Michigan Marquette Wisconsin

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Indiana FLORIDA STATE LOUISVILLE Georgetown

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Cincinnati NEW MEXICO Witchita State VANDERBILT

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UNLV Murray State Temple Creighton

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Florida Gonzaga ST. MARY’S San Diego State

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Notre Dame MEMPHIS Iowa State Kansas State

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Virginia Alabama Purdue Southern Miss

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Saint Louis Colorado State Connecticut XAVIER

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West Virginia HARVARD VCU Mississippi State

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COLORADO BYU NC State/ California Texas/ South Florida

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SOUTH DAKOTA ST BELMONT LONG BEACH ST St. BONAVENTURE

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OHIO NEW MEXICO ST LOYOLA, MD DAVIDSON

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LEHIGH MONTANA LAMAR DETROIT

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UNC ASHEVILLE MISS VALLEY ST VERMONT/WKU NORFOLK ST/ LIU BROOKLYN